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UPDATED June 11, 2015

Single lane closure of southbound Interstate 71 at Lytle Tunnel

begins 7 p.m. on June 12

Complete southbound closure at 9 p.m.


Hamilton County (Thursday, June 11, 2015) – Bridge work will require a single lane closure of southbound I-71 at the Lytle Tunnel beginning at 7 p.m. Friday, June 12. A complete closure of southbound I-71 at this location will be begin at 9 p.m. All lanes will reopen by 6 a.m. Monday, June 15. The Third Street exit from I-71 south will also be closed during this time.


Crews will be performing bridge deck repairs on I-71 over Eggleston Avenue.


Detour information:

·         Through traffic: I-71 south to westbound State Route 562/Norwood Lateral (Exit 7) to I-75 south (Exit 7).

·         Local traffic: I-71 south to Reading/Gilbert exit (Exit 2) to Reading Rd. (south) to Central Parkway (west) to Race St. (south) to Third St. (west) to I-75 south.

·         For motorists traveling to I-471 from I-71 south: use Reading/Gilbert exit (Exit 2) to Reading Rd. (south) to Central Parkway (west) to Sycamore St. (south) to 5th St. (east) to I-471.


The $30 million tunnel project will upgrade lighting, repair concrete and tiles, and modernize mechanical and ventilation systems. In addition cameras and a fire detection system will be installed to allow more efficient and safer response time to incidents within the tunnel.


The public can receive ongoing project status information by providing an email address to d08.pio@dot.ohio.gov or via the ODOT District 8 social media pages:




Lytle Tunnel carries I-71 under Lytle Park and Fourth and Fifth streets on the eastern edge of Cincinnati. The tunnel carries three lanes of northbound I-71 traffic, two lanes of southbound traffic and a single lane, southbound exit ramp to Third Street. The tunnel opened to traffic in 1970.


For more information contact: Brian Cunningham, Communications Manager, at (513) 933-6517, Sharon Smigielski, Public Information Officer, at (513) 933-6511, Liz Lyons, Public Information Specialist, at (513) 933-6534 or email D08.PIO@dot.ohio.gov​